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Albert Keuter was born 7 January 1892, at Blokzijl, Dutch province of Overijssel, and died 10 March 1945, at the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, Germany. He studied theology at the University and the Mennonite Seminary at Amsterdam and served as pastor in the Mennonite congregations of Oost- and West-Graftdijk 1917-1920, Twisk and Medemblik 1920-1925, Akkrum 1925-1928, and The Hague 1928 until 4 January 1944, on which date he was arrested by the German Nazi officials, the Netherlands then being occupied by the Germans. It was his Christian conviction that he should fight the pseudo-religious ideas of National Socialism and support the victims of Hitlerism in the Netherlands. After his arrest he was at first imprisoned at Scheveningen near The Hague, then at Vught, Dutch province of North Brabant, where he found his oldest son, who had been arrested at Amsterdam. In September 1944 he was transported to the camp of Heinkel in Germany, where he for some time shared his bunk with A. du Croix, Mennonite pastor of Winschoten and also imprisoned by the Germans; later on he was transported to a camp near Sachsenhausen and finally to Bergen-Belsen, where he died five days after his son. Like a true Christian he was a blessing even in prison; when it was possible he preached or comforted his fellow prisoners. The strong faith and the cordial friendliness of this "modern martyr" remain in grateful memory of many members of The Hague congregation.

Bibliography

Meihuizen, H. W. Een dader des Woords. Amsterdam, 1946.

Meihuizen, H. W. "Laat Uw werk aan Uwe knechten gezien worden," memorial service, held in the Mennonite church of The Hague, 1 July 1945. The Hague, 1945.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Keuter, Albert (1892-1945)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Keuter,_Albert_(1892-1945)&oldid=108463.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Keuter, Albert (1892-1945). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Keuter,_Albert_(1892-1945)&oldid=108463.




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